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I don't often show off Boat-tailed Grackle pics, but this one is pretty cool.  It looks fake, as if somebody used a cardboard cutout of the bird to superimpose it on a blurred-out background. Look at the top outline of the bird, starting from the left side of the neck. I really like the in-focus spider web, as well as the leaves and branches, which serve to keep the atmosphere true.  I'm not a good enough photographer to deliberately create the bokeh effect.  My point and shoot just created this.  This is the original without any post-processing.  
 

Regarding the blue, Boat-tailed Grackle, color is simply what our eyes see after light reflected off an object gets back to them.  So, the bird was indeed blue, as my eyes, and the camera lens saw it as such.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/490643601#_ga=2.38894182.453906290.1662158216-1648492956.1640720797

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21 hours ago, dragon49 said:

I don't often show off Boat-tailed Grackle pics, but this one is pretty cool.  It looks fake, as if somebody used a cardboard cutout of the bird to superimpose it on a blurred-out background. Look at the top outline of the bird, starting from the left side of the neck. I really like the in-focus spider web, as well as the leaves and branches, which serve to keep the atmosphere true.  I'm not a good enough photographer to deliberately create the bokeh effect.  My point and shoot just created this.  This is the original without any post-processing.  
 

Regarding the blue, Boat-tailed Grackle, color is simply what our eyes see after light reflected off an object gets back to them.  So, the bird was indeed blue, as my eyes, and the camera lens saw it as such.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/490643601#_ga=2.38894182.453906290.1662158216-1648492956.1640720797

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Red-tailed Hawk, my backyard, Lexington County, central SC.  07 Oct 22.

I was shooting Red perched in a pine when the strafing mockingbird became too much for it to tolerate.  I wasn't ready for it to launch and they're badly out of focus.  I had to resort to sharpening these within an inch of their lives, but the uncropped originals are going to make terrific wallpapers!

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